EVE - a boost for climate science

Theresa Mieslinger
by Theresa Mieslinger

While earth system modeling has a long history of being aligned with the development of computer technologies, our current climate models got distached and cannot take the full advantage of state of the art technologies anymore. Exploiting current advances in technology could leap climate modeling forward by a decade.

While EVE doesn’t directly aim at doing science, this leap will make the use of global km-scale models for climate practical for a large scientific community. Higher resolution won’t solve every problem, but km-scale models promise needed breakthroughs in climate science by representing the full spectrum of interactions from the convective scale to the mesoscale to the planetary scale, across all components of the climate system. Such models can reshape the field in three important ways, they (1) accelerate knowledge production and stimulate scientific activity, they (2) dissolve boundaries and work on spatial scales close to sensor footprints, thus enabling the use of more observations and eventually they (3) get close to people’s experience and through that, can engage a broad community of users and potential new scientists.

To capitalize on EVE’s potential will require solving not only large technical, but also scientific, challenges. EVE requires faster, better, easier and smarter models and thus heavily relies on projects like WarmWorld to prepare current models to their future tasks.